Gordon Douglas

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Director, Institute for Metropolitan Studies; Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning (Photo by: David Schmitz/San Jose State University)

Gordon Douglas is the director of the Institute for Metropolitan Studies and an assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. He holds master’s degrees in media and communication from the University of Southern California and the London School of Economics; and a doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Chicago. His work focuses on social inequality in planning and development, neighborhood identity and gentrification, and peoples’ relationships to their physical surroundings from streetscape design to disaster response. He is working on local improvement efforts in San Jose and Oakland and advising climate change resiliency efforts in San Francisco. His new book The Help-Yourself City (Oxford 2018) concerns people who create unauthorized but functional “do-it-yourself urban design” interventions to help their communities. He is currently working on local improvement efforts in San Jose and Oakland and advising climate change resiliency efforts in San Francisco. Prior to joining SJSU, Gordon helped lead the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University and worked on the U.S. exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Phone: 408-924-5852
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City Design, Design, Diversity, Disaster Preparedness, Politics, Gentrification, Social Inequality, Urban Communities, Urban Design

Glen Gendzel

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Chair, Professor, Department of History (Photo by: David Schmitz/San Jose State University)

Glen Gendzel is chair of the Department of History in the College of Social Sciences. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctoral degree on the same subject from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is a California native and specializes in California and U.S. history, focusing on politics, business, culture, immigration and foreign policy.

Phone: 408-924-5514
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History and Culture, History, California History, Local History, US History

Dan Neal

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Lecturer, Department of Aviation and Technology (Photo by: David Schmitz/San Jose State University)

Dan Neal is a lecturer in the Department of Aviation and Technology at the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics from SJSU and a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California. He focuses on aviation operations, management and maintenance management.

Phone: 408-924-6598
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Governance, Transportation, Aviation, Airplanes, Airplane maintenance

Janet Stemwedel

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Chair, Department of Philosophy (Photo by: David Schmitz/San Jose State University)

Janet Stemwedel is the chair of the Department of Philosophy within the College of Humanities and the Arts. She holds doctoral degrees in philosophy and physical chemistry from Stanford University. Her research centers on ethics and epistemology, a branch of philosophy concerned with the theory of knowledge. Her interests include responsible conduct of scientific research, ethical implications of science, communication between scientists and non-scientists, and effective strategies for teaching science and ethics.

Phone: 408-924-4470
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Philosophy, Science, Ethics

David Parent

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Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering (Photo by: David Schmitz/San Jose State University)

David Parent is a professor of electrical engineering at the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering. He holds a doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut. He teaches courses in circuits and systems. His research focuses on materials that allow electrical and biological systems to communicate with each other, and student success in STEM. He also specializes in creating engineering courses that address social and global issues.

Phone: 408-924-3963
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Governance, Education, Electrical engineering, Engineering, Technology

Caroline Chen

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Assistant Professor, Department of Accounting and Finance (Photo by: David Schmitz/San Jose State University)

Caroline Chen is an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. She holds a law degree from American University and a master of law degree in taxation from Georgetown University. For 13 years, she served as a senior attorney at the Internal Revenue Service, primarily with the Large Business and International Division. She is admitted to practice in California, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and the District of Columbia. She is a member of the bar of the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Phone:408-924-3476
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Business, Finance, Taxes

Kimberly Blisniuk

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Assistant Professor, Department of Geology (Photo by: David Schmitz/San Jose State University)

Kimberly Blisniuk is an assistant professor of neotectonics (the study of motions and deformations of Earth’s crust) in the Department of Geology within the College of Science. She holds a doctoral degree in earthquake geology/geochronology (the science of determining the age of rocks, fossils, and sediments using signatures inherent in the rocks themselves) from the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on studying the San Andreas fault, and measuring its age and movement.

Phone: 408-924-5045
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Science, Earthquake, Geology, San Andreas Fault

Ahmed Banafa

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Lecturer, General Engineering (Photo by: David Schmitz/San Jose State University)

Ahmed Banafa is a lecturer in general engineering at the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from King Abdulaziz University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University. He’s working on a doctoral degree from Lehigh University in signal processing and a post-graduate degree in cybersecurity techniques from Harvard University. He also holds a certificate in business management from Carbon County College. He has extensive experience in research, operations and management, with a focus on the Internet of things, blockchain technology and artificial intelligence. He was named as No.1 tech voice to follow by LinkedIn in 2016, featured in Forbes, IEEE and MIT Technology Review.

Phone: 408-924-3115
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Technology, Bitcoin, Cybersecurity, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence